It might be making a comeback, but four-wheel steering looked like it would corner the market in the 1980s. Not passive rear steering, as seen in cars produced by the likes of Porsche and Citroën, but proper four-wheel steering, also known as 4WS.
First seen in 1985 on the Nissan R31 Skyline, the tech arrived on these shores in other Japanese cars like the Honda Prelude, Mazda 626 and Mitsubishi Galant, along with the BMW 850 CSi.
Reviewing the Honda Prelude 2.0i-16 in 1987, Autocar said: “The four-wheel steering system is an unqualified success—well, almost.” We’ll spare you the minor reservations, because in conclusion, Autocar said it “works well and suffers no major drawbacks.”
The advert for the Mitsubishi Galant is one of our favorites, not least for its clear message. Four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering get you from A to B (avoiding C). Quite. Oh, and that 4WD4WS badge is totally rad.
See you at Radwood—and don’t forget your espadrilles.